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Posted by Mark on 12th March 2018

One issue of mine,is that i tent to start a song and get to a tricky bit normally a fast cord change or a barre cord and not finish the whole song. So  I have lots of tunes but cant play them all the way through, I do come back to them and try the bits i missed out, I suppose it's it's just down to patients and keep trying? 

By Mark

By Andy on 13th March 2018 at 16:09

Thanks for the question Mark!

As a musician, you will always know more ‘bits of songs’ than full songs. It takes MUCH longer to learn complete songs, and isnt always worth the effort.

What you need to work on is a repertoire of songs that you CAN play all the way through. Start with 1 song, build to 3, then 5, then 10. Over time your repertoire will develop and will reflect where you’re at right now.

Even better if these songs are for something. When I was in a cover band, we had between 30 to 60 songs ready to play at any one time. Any more and we forget bits ;)

I’ve probably only got the same ‘gig ready’ now, but I probably know thousands of songs just 1 verse and 1 chorus. Work on building your repertoire and let the others go :)

Andy 🎸

By Clint on 13th March 2018 at 18:13

Try and drill the chord before and the tricky chord for 5 minutes and it'll become easier. Try not to just stop when you can't do it as your brain will remember that and you'll always hit that wall 

By Mark on 13th March 2018 at 19:10

Thanks for the input guys, thanks for the info  .

By Mark on 21st April 2018 at 14:36

I find the same thing particularly when change involves a barre chord. I practice the tricky change on its own until I feel I can play it in context but really slow the whole thing down. Hope that helps.😁